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Man Child: How Aaron Donald became the NFL's best D-tackle

A baby-faced He-Man, Aaron Donald has quickly developed into the NFL's most dominating defensive lineman not named J.J. Watt, though some already have him on par with the Houston giant.

Stephen A. goes off on Skip about Kobe (3:42)
Sean Rodriguez punches Gatorade cooler like a madman (0:08)
Young Cavs fans join LeBron for a selfie (0:12)
WATCH: Man nutmegs Man City academy (2:21)
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It happened in October ...

From Babe Ruth's called shot to Bill Buckner's error, no month features more thrills and agony than this one. We chronicle 31 epic October moments, such as the Pete Rose-Bud Harrelson NLCS brawl.

Mickelson chips in amazing shot (0:11)
Tristan H. Cockcroft

Fantasy football: Gurley can produce vs. GB

After a breakout game in Week 4, rookie RB Todd Gurley has a favorable matchup vs. a Packers team that's bad against the run. Tristan H. Cockcroft breaks it all down for fantasy football owners.

What you need to know for Week 5 (1:06)
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Powers: Blackhawks belong among the best

Raising their third banner in six seasons is proof positive that the Blackhawks are firmly established among the best teams of the modern era.

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Fantasy Rankings: Gurley on the rise

An eye-opening performance against the Cardinals' defense in Week 4 has Rams rookie Todd Gurley moving up our RB rankings in Week 5.

Durant: 'Today step in right direction' (0:28)
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#NBArank: Kobe checks in at No. 93

Coming off another season-ending injury, Kobe Bryant falls to No. 93 in our countdown of the NBA's best players. Follow along as #NBArank dives into the league's top 100.

Rousey on Kobe retiring: 'It's getting to be about that time' (0:38)
WATCH: Cheeky Drogba ices penalty kick taker (0:22)
SVP: Best thing I saw today (0:55)
Arrieta, Cubs riding momentum into St. Louis (2:04)
Tolkin: There will be professional rugby in America (0:51)
Barry struggles with dramatic entrance (0:18)
Arm wrestler Devon Larratt manhandles Marcellus Wiley (1:23)
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Butler: Arenas gun incident like 'Old West' scene

In his new book, Caron Butler details a Wizards locker room gun incident before a practice in December 2009 that involved Javaris Crittenton pointing a loaded gun at teammate Gilbert Arenas.


Five questions for Cubs-Cardinals NLDS

Tim Kurkjian says the health of St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina will loom large over who wins the series. Four other questions

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Thursday's MLB Postseason schedule

  • Rangers at Blue Jays (Yovani Gallardo vs. David Price): 3:37 p.m. ET
  • Astros at Royals (Collin McHugh vs. Yordano Ventura), 7:37 p.m. ET
Postseason coverage, schedules

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tight end Rob Gronkowski says he has studied Jason Witten and has tried to take something from his game. Specifically, he admires his consistency.


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer on his radio show: "If you take care of the football and score in the red zone, life is a little better." The Ohio State coach continues to stress that he believes his offense is "close" to hitting high gear again.


LeBron loves the kids ... and selfies

A school of kids got a king-sized surprise during the Cavs-Hawks preseason game when LeBron James took their phone and snapped a selfie.


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I first met Lindy Infante when he was a tailback at Florida under Ray Graves. He was always a gentleman. Gone too soon at 75.

Former Packers, Colts coach Infante dies

Former Packers and Colts head coach Lindy Infante has died in Florida following a long illness. He was 75. Infante coached the Packers from 1988-91, including a 10-6 season in '89. He joined the Colts in '96 and spent two seasons on the sidelines there. His NFL record was 36-60.

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Rousey teaches SportsCenter a lesson

Poor Tim Kurkjian. Who would want to be the target of a straight armbar demonstration from Ronda Rousey and Lindsay Czarniak?


Marcotti: FIFA continues to unravel

Gab Marcotti tries to make sense of the latest news of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini being provisionally banned from soccer. Uncharted waters

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Can David Price shake playoff woes?

The Blue Jays left-hander is every bit an ace in the regular season but has lost all five of his postseason starts.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Dion Lewis discusses signing a contract extension with the Patriots through 2017, as reported by ESPN's Field Yates. Says it is a good feeling, but that there is more work to do.

The best thing SVP saw today was ...

... when LeBron James let a lucky young fan sit next to him on the bench during a preseason game and even stopped to take a selfie with her once it was time for him to hit the court.


Week 5 fantasy flex ranks: WRs taking over

Eric Karabell ranks the top-100 fantasy players among non-QBs and thinks wide receivers are taking over -- but not completely. In just two games, Le'Veon Bell already ranks 17th in standard scoring among RBs. Top 100 (Insider)

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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Sunday's Seahawks-Bengals game isn't just about Cincinnati trying to legitimize itself by beating a team that's been a recent Super Bowl contender. This game is about Cincy trying to beat a team it admires. Marvin Lewis: "They set a standard that we would like to play to."

Jack: I deserved compensation at UCLA
College Football 

Former Bruins LB Myles Jack saw others making money on selling his No. 30 jersey and going pro now is the right time.

College Football 

ICYMI: Jefferson jams on 7-foot-3 defender

Cavs forward Richard Jefferson reversed the clock to throw down a thunderous slam against the Hawks. Cleveland's bench went wild for the 35-year-old, to say the least.


Wide receiver pulls off amazing lateral
High School 

It's usually not a good idea to lateral the ball when most of the opposing team is tackling you -- but for this high school team, it worked out just fine. Check it out

High School 

Fisher playing Macarena, annoying players

In preparation for Aaron Rodgers who has a tendency to draw defenders offsides, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has played loud, obnoxious music at practice and scared them with air horns. Said DE William Hayes: "We were in there looking at film and he brings the air horn in there. I was in the boots, getting my legs right, and he comes in there and the first thing I did was I jumped offside." Message (incredibly) loud and clear

Entire Man City academy gets embarrassed

What happens when a freestyle footballer takes on Manchester City's academy team? Lots of insane nutmegs.


What you need to know for NFL's Week 5

Dan Graziano runs through the biggest storylines heading into this weekend, with five unbeaten teams in action and a few playoff contenders in need of a win.


Vegas reacts to Hasselbeck starting

Houston was a 2-point favorite this morning at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook with a money line of -130. After the announcement that Matt Hasselbeck was starting for Indianapolis instead of Andrew Luck, Houston went to a 4-point favorite and the money line moved to -215.


Pacquiao hints at final fight before senate bid

Manny Pacquiao expects to retire from the sport with one last fight in 2016 before running for a seat in the Philippines senate. Amir Khan is one of the potential opponents. 'It depends'

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Jones on Hardy 'guns' comment: 'Oh my ...'

When informed of DE Greg Hardy's curious choice of words to describe his return from suspension, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told SI: "Oh my goodness," before adding, "Well, you're not allowed to have guns on the football field. We all know that's just a way of expressing yourself. I hope his guns are ablazin'." Commissioner weighs in

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett has spoken to Greg Hardy about the defensive end's comments regarding "guns blazing" and Tom Brady's wife, saying that's not what the organization stands for. "We want to distinguish ourselves with our play, not with what you say ... He understands that now," Garrett said.